Kossuth County Advance from Algona, Iowa on May 24, 1971 · Page 6
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Algona, Iowa
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Monday, May 24, 1971
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County Advance 6 — Kossuth County Advance Monday, May 24, 1971 Why Conference Committees? Generally misunderstood by the reading public is the power of and the reason for the conference committees when bills in the legislature get tangled up in fights between the house and senate. The conference committee is a means to get Ihe proposal before each house in one question. When the house and senate disagree on provisions of a bill, but have passed in both houses versions of the bill, a conference committee is named, it consists of four members of the senate named by the lieutenant-governor and four representatives named by the speaker of the house. THE COMMITTEE OF EIGHT meets and takes the two versions under consideration. They discuss and accept among themselves various parts of the proposal. They can rewrite the entire bill. They can take part of the senate or the house version. They can resurrect parts denied by one house or the other. They have the power to make the bill in any way they want. Three committee members from each house must accept the proposal of the committee- three senators and three house members must sign, it requires thus a three-fourths majority of the committee to come up with a report. The report then goes to the house and senate. It must be voted up or down. It can not be amended. The senate must approve and the house must approve without any change or dotting of an "i" or crossing of a "t". THE HOUSE AND SENATE thus is brought up to a point where members can not shy away from the question by amendments. It is of course a compromise. If one house votes against the report then a new conference committee is named to go through another rewriting of the proposal. There have been as many as four conference committees on on proposal in recent years in the Iowa legis- Rights - Robbers Attorney-General John Mitchell came up with a descriptive name for the kind of demonstrators who shout down dissent against them and interfere with the rights of others in their demonstrations. He called them "rights robbers". Mr. Mitchell gave a stinging reply to one U. S. senator, Lee Metcalf, Montana democrat, who said the police acted like the Nazis. Mr. Mitchell said in reply: Perhaps it is good he brought this up, because I like to recall another group of civilians who roamed the streets of Germany in 'the 1920s, bullying people, shouting down those who disagreed with them, and denying other citizens their rights. They were called Hitler's Brown Shirts. Mr. Mitchell said the extremist practice of running roughshod over the rights of others must end. This is robbery of the rights of people. His remarks were about the attempt lature, What happens if the legislature doesn't accept any conference committee report? The proposal is dead for that session. Why then doesn't the legislature place all bills in conference committees so that members have to accept or reject the proposal? TAKE THE TAX BILL debated for two weeks by the house as an example with the senate disagreeing with the house even after that prolonged debate on all Issues. The debate in the house and in the senate on the various versions did give a good idea of what could be acceptable to both houses. Legislation is the acceptance of the possible. The conference committee studies the reactions of both houses and compromises on items to get something both houses will accept that will do the job the bill proposes to do. Then to get the vote promptly it becomes a take it or reject it question. It stops prolonged debate over again and forces immediate action without delaying tactics. THE POWER of the lieutenatnt-governor and the speaker can be seen in the people they name to the committee. They can influence the way the conference committee works by naming members who reflect the views of the speaker or the lieutenatnt-governor. Usually the presiding officer in each house names three members of the majority party and one member of the minority party to conference committees. This preserves political party power and also responsibility. It may not be truly democratic in theory but it is a way to get action and a job done. (D.E.D.) by militants to close down the government work in Washington by .violence. His remarks were not about the early protesters who did not interfere with the government and who were passive in their demonstrations. He concerned himself with the violent groups that followed. He defended the Washington police who arrested several hundred and put them in custody before they could do much damage. He commented on those arrested who complained about delays in getting themselves released when they had attempted to shut down the government themselves. Mr. Mitchell said of course the mass arrests did catch some innocent people but he defended it on the grounds it was not practical, to try to separate the onlookers and those who took part in destruction. Spectators should not have been there. (b.E.D.) Could Halt Raises A new approach to the problem of continually rising budget requests came recently from the appropriation chairmen of the Iowa house and senate. Instead of appropriating for a two- year period as in the past the appropriations would be for only one year—at the end of which any unspent money would return to the state treasury. In the past the state agencies have spent lightly in the first year of a biennium and then spent everything they could in the second year. Agencies would never return any money to the treasury. This was illustrated in the debates on the annual session proposal when a spokesman favoring annual sessions said the university with which he was associated deliberately took on special projects to spend any money which might not be used in the appropriation period. The university did not want to send any money back for it might indicate that the original appropriation was too high and lead to a cut by the legislature. The present operating program of some state agencies is to establish new services in the second year of the biennium so the legislature would have to either cut the services or appropriate more money. If services were cut the agency could complain and blame the legislature, it resulted in a sort of blackmail to make the appropriation bigger. By appropriating for one year at a time it is thought this kind of run-around would be eliminated. A department could not save in one year and spend in the next. Unspent money the first year would go back into the general fund. The approach seems to make some sense. (D.E.D.) Cut Jail Terms The legislature has a proposal which would permit district court judges to cut down jail terms for "good behavior". Now jail terms must be served the limit of the time and 30 days means 30 days. There have been some experiments in which those sentenced to jail terms have been permitted to carry on their jobs leaving the the Jail in the morning and returning at night until their time is up. This has worked well and most students of penology believe it beneficial. Under the old law a person pent to Jail has nothing to look forward to excopt the one date. In prisons time off for good behavior gives an inmate something to strive for and a chance to look to an early release, it has made for better conduct. Locking up a family man results in loss of income to the family and is in effect a penalty assessed against the family unit. If the prisoner can maintain his usual Job it is not as hard for the family to endure and also the prisoner has a better frame of mind because his family is cared for. Wholesale release is not being advocated. Time off must be earned as well as a favor of being let out to work at a job on promise to return at night. Each case would have to be decided on its merit. It appears to be a good idea and at least worthy of being tried. Iowa's jails are not very good places to put people and many have been condemned as unfit. The idea of punishment has changed with emphasis now on rehabilitation rather than an eye for an eye demand. (1D.E.D.) Motorcycle Goggles Michael sellers, public safety commissioner, has issued a ruling that persons operating motorcycles must wear goggles and helmets after July l. The measure is for safety of the operators as well as the people in cars on highways. -•* * • • » » v t • • M«rry>Oo>Round mnwHinimiiinimiiiiiiiiiiiiii JACK ANDERSON »*»••>•<»••••••••• •••••••!.,,, (ll ,,,,.t THIRTY-TWO OF 41 NIXON'S GAS COMMITTEE ARE GAS COMPANY MEN; LOOKS AS IF CONSUMERS WILL BE SOAKED WITH HIGHER RATES. WASHINGTON - Natural gas executives, who have shelled out thousands of dollars to the GOP cause, have now been rewarded with key roles in deciding how much the public should pay to their companies. The Nixon Administration claims if s just a coincidence that several big contributors from the gas industry were named to the 41-member National Gas Survey Executive Advisory Committee. But the 100 million Americans, who use natural gas to heat their homes and run their appliances, may have a hard time swallowing this whopper as they watch their gas bills climb. Of the 41 committee members, whose appointments as "principal" policy advisers were announced last month, we found 32 gas company men. Most of the others are in sympathy with the industry. We could identify only one real consumer member. Conclusion: The advisory committee is about as innocent as a pack of wolves deciding how many of the farmers' chickens they should be allowed to gobble up each night. But the conflict goes even deeper. Many of the new advisers, who now have the Federal Power Commissioner's ear on policy matters, come from com- panies with multi-million-dollar cases before the commission. - o - - ADVISE AND CONTRIBUTE The chairman of the blue- ribbon advisory committee is beefy Bill Elmer, chairman of Texas Gas Transmission Corp- poration. He is known as one of the most powerful and persuasive industry spokesmen in the country. A key member is'Roberto. Anderson, chairman of Atlantic Richfield, who contributed more than $45,000 to the GOP in 1968 and 1970. He is now in a position to influence decisions worth millions to Atlantic Richfield, which is a major natural gas firm. Other GOP contributors who will now be advising the F PC on natural gas matters are Robert Herring of Houston Natural Gas, John Shaw of Southern Natural Gas, W. A. Strauss of Northern Natural Gas, John Swearing of Standard Oil (Indiana), E. D. Brocket! of Gulf oil, Denis Kemball-Cook of Shell Oil and otto Miller of Standard oil (California). All have donated heavily to the GOP political war chests. All their firms have big interests in keeping natural gas prices high. Footnote: The consumer-be- damned attitude of the Nixon Administration on natural gas began with the appointment of John Nassikas as Federal Power chairman. Since his takeover, tough regulators at the F PC have been quitting in squads. They have grumbled to us that instead of representing the consumer, Nassikas has represented the fat cats. - o- - WASHINGTON WHIRL - Yolpe's Junket- John Volpe, the hard-working Transportation Secretary, will take off next week in his $3.5 million custom Coast Guard jet for a 17-day European junket. A spokesman insists the trip will be all business. Volpe will visit the Paris Air Show, then stop off at the resort and race-course town of Deauville for an aviation symposium, then on to Madrid and Margella for talks with Spanish transportation officials. Marbella, a small town on the Spanish Riviera, doesn't have many travel problems, but it has excellent beaches and golf course. .Home Burial — The Fore'st Service, instead of going to court to settle a one-acre land dispute with VernonMcCall, simply buried his small trailer home at Balsam, N.C. Now government officials are trying to bury the entire escapade. A government bulldozer scooped out a suitable hold, pushed in McCaU's home and covered it with dirt. Then the Forest Service sowed the area with grass seed and planted white pines over the grave. Mccall's diabetes medicine, ice box, food and much of his furniture were buried in the same grave. Left with his bed and a few belongings, he spent the night under the stars. Forest Service Chief Edward Cliff admits his aides were overzealous and promises there will be no more home burials. But he maintains that the right to throw trespassers and their property off federal land includes the right to bury a man's home. McCall, whose family claims to have a quit-claim deed and has been paying taxes on the disputed acre, is waiting for the courts to settle the squabble. The Motorists well know the wet pavement muck tossed up by trucks. A motorcyclist passing or meeting a truck could be half blinded by the muck tossed by the truck. And cars also throw muck but not to the extent trucks do. Goggles will help but are not the final answer to the problem. Goggles do not have "windshield" wipers and the blinding goop could cause an accident not only on the part of the eye list but also of a car meeting the motorcycle. The number of motorcycle accidents in Iowa is increasing at an alarming rate. The number of motorcycles on the highways is also increasing with the popular Japanese made cycles JS^^-XCT . FOlf SAFEKEEPING AT HOME selling well to the young. And a cyclist has no protection whatever if an accident happens. The legislature in the past has not passed legislation requiring goggles and helmets. A bill is now in the legislature to require them but it is not getting anywhere at present. Mr. Sellers is issuing his regulation as-a part of the general regulations his office is permitted to make regarding equipment used on highways. The regulation would not be so severe for the minibikes which rarely are used on the highways. And passengers on the cycles will not be required to have the goggles or helmets though they are recommended. (D.E.D.) thai flr«-tast«d HERCULES HOME VAULT* "Built like e •ueineee 8efe" Now you cm give stocks, bonds, wills, diidi and other valuables "safe-deposit box" p election it home...vet have them instantly available. 100% Ire-resistive. Key or combination lock. 17 models; Including several for wall or closet Installation to give ,the?t protection, too. Several model* and sizes in stock, ALGONA PUBLISHING CO. • <•••• 4» •• pines, meanwhile, are growing beautifully. Headlines and Footnotes - The Central Intelligence Agency is secretly training counterinsurgency forces in Jordan . . . some space scientists believe the rilles on the moon might be underground lava tubes, which could be converted into permanent lunar bases. . . ...The National Geographic Society is the last holdover from the B*wana school of journalism. It's expense account forms includes the category, "Gifts to Natives." ... Art Buchwald's former partner, Robert Yoakum, has come out with his own column of political satire. With a typical touch of Yoakum's hokum, he explains his return to humor: "Because of envy over Mr. Buchwald's success and a feeling that humor is in short supply, in that order." Chinese Checkers - The first overture to Peking was made by President Nixon more than two years ago. The President told the late Charles deGaulle about his hopes to achieve a detente with Red China and asked the French leader to use his good offices to open the way. Later, Nixon raised the same subject during his visit in Romania with Premeir Ceausescu. Subsequently, both the French and Romanian governments delivered U, S. goodwill messages to Peking. Buy Land L7VNDBA1MK Loans on Land EMMETS BURG, IA. 50536 3004 West Main Street Phone: 852-2645 Field office: Algona — Thursday A.M. See Eugene Hutchins, Mgr. or Iver Johnson, Bob Reel, or Helen Haas Second class postage paid at Algona, Iowa 50511 ALGONA KOSSUTH COUNTY ADVANCE Published by the Algona Publishing Co., Mondays, office and shop 111 East Call Street, Algona, Iowa SOS11 Issued weekly Mondays R. B. Waller, Executive Editor Julian Chrischllles, News Editor Denny Waller, Advertising Mfr. Tom Waller, City & Sports Editor Gary Rich, Classified Ad Mgr. Dorothy Muckey, Women's Editor Jack Purcell, Plant Foreman OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER KOSSUTH COUNTY MEMBER Attoclttlon • Founded 1B88 Professional Directory Insurance Chiropractors Insurance ALGONA INSURANCE AGENCY J. R. (Jim) KOLP Surety Bonds — All Lines of Insurance 206 East State St. Ph. 295-3176 BOHANNON INSURANCE SERVICE 6 North Dodge St. Hail Insurance Ph. 295-5443 Home — Automobile — Farm KOSSUTH MUTUAL INSURANCE ASSOCIATION Over $124,000,000 worth of insurance in fqrce. A home Company. Safe, secure. Lola Scuff ham, Secy. HERBST INSURANCE AGENCY For Auto., House, Household Goods, and Many Other Forms Ph. 295-3733 T«d S. H.rb.t SUNDET INSURANCE AGENCY Harold C. SuncUt 118 South Dodge Algona, Iowa Phone 295-2341 Real Estate RICKLEFS & GEELAN INSURANCE AGENCY All Types of Insurance Phone 295-5529 or 295-3811 Algona Optometrists DR. HAROLD W. ERICKSON EYES EXAMINED GLASSES FITTED CONTACT LENSES Phone 295-2196 Hours: 8:00 A.M. - 5 00 P.M. Closed Thursday and Saturdays afternoons 115 East Call St. Algona, la. DR. 1111. Call Algona, Iowa DONALD J. KINGFIELD Optometrist Visual Analysis and Visual -Training Contact Lenses 115 N. Dodgo Algona Phone 295-3743 DR. L. L. SNYDIR 113 East State St. Dinl 295-2715 Closed Saturday Afternoons Credit Service! CRIDIT lURIAU KOSf UTH COUNTY Collective Service Faot-bllt Reports 295-3182 ^ Algon* CLEGG CHIROPRACTIC; CLINIC Algona, Iowa 124 N. Moore 295-5235 DR. 0. 0. ARNOLD Chiropractor 120 N. Moore Monday - Wednesday - Friday 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. Phone 295-3373 DR. M. R. BALDWIN & DR. D N. JOHNSTON Chiropractors Office Phone Res. Phone 295-2378 295-3306 \ Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday — 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. MILTON G. NORTON JUSTICE OF THE PEACE COLLECTION SERVICES Home Phone 295-2548 Office Phone 295-3836 2% East State St. Box 460 ALGONA, IOWA Farm Management CARLSON Farm MANAGEMENT COMPANY 12Vj N. Dodg* Ph. 2*5-211) LEON H. LAIRD Farm Management Good management is Good Business 820 So. Harriet Phone 295-3810 ^^^^ Doctors MELVIN G. BOURNE, M.D. Physician & Surgeon H8 No. Moore St. Office Phone 295-2345 Residence Ph. 295-2277 -.j -•-. M. SCHUTTER, M.D. Residence Phone 296-2335 DEAN F. KOOB, M.D. Residence Phone 295-5917 Physicians It Surgeons 220 N. Dodge, Algon* Office Phone 295-2408 Dentists DR. j, i HAWMi, ji, DentUt 322 E. state St. Phone 295-2334 . •H^_K ,••— | DR. UROYI. STROHMAN Dentist lie N. Moore St. Phone 295-3131

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